Our game plan had been to use both front and rear entrances to allow for a constant flow of salvaged material. Standing in the way of this plan was a rear alley that had become choked with illegally dumped rubble and debris. Fast-growing Pawlonia, Tree of Heaven and Mulberry trees had sprouted from the concrete, and thick chest-high weeds made rear access to the houses nearly impossible.
To manage the vegetation and give ourselves some room to work, we decided to skip what would have been 3 weeks of weed-whacking and we called in the big boys. An excavator grubbed the alley, allowing for easy and safe entry into the rear of the houses and leaving us a flat surface for de-nailing lumber and palletizing brick. Every shred of material that goes into that red can gets sorted and recycled.